Weekly News from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
VP of Housing & Shelter Recognized as Fresh Innovator
Michael Sering, VP of Housing & Shelter
Congratulations to LMM's VP of Housing & Shelter, Michael Sering, for being honored as one of The Cleveland Leadership Center's 2020 Fresh Innovators! Michael spoke earlier today at Cleveland Leadership's virtual event, Spark: Grit to Great

Sering highlighted the outstanding work he and his team at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside have been doing throughout COVID-19 and some of the innovative solutions his team are working on to end homelessness, including efforts around the possibility of bringing 3D-printed housing to Cleveland.
Finding Voice: 10th Anniversary Poetry Anthology 

LMM Poetry group

Finding Voice: 10th Anniversary Poetry Anthology is the culmination of 10 years of gathering at the LMM Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside to read, discuss, write and share poetry. Throughout the years, volunteers and individuals from LMM's Men's Shelter have been meeting weekly to create poetry. LMM's Annie Holden, who started Finding Voice back in 2010, has been archiving poems that the residents have written and agreed to share. The first printed edition of Finding Voice was published in 2012 with over 50 poems! With the editing, designing and printing help of students and faculty at Mt. Union University, the poetry group plans to publish a second edition of Finding Voice this year to celebrate 10 years in the making.

"There is magic in the room during the whole process and we found that going the extra mile to get poems printed and bound makes that magic tangible to everyone," says Holden.

To donate to help cover printing costs, contact LMM's Annie Holden at [email protected].
Culinary Arts Training Program: Apply NOW!

Culinary Arts Training Program socially distanced learning
LMM's Culinary Arts Training Program (CTP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2020. Here's what you need to know about CTP:
  • CTP is a 6-month program, offering ServSafe Certification in the first quarter. Students who graduate from the program will receive LMM's CTP Certificate, which is validated by the American Culinary Federation. LMM also offers an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality, which CTP students can pursue upon completion!
  • Classes meet Monday-Friday between 9am and 3pm: lunch is provided!
  • The program is open to ANYONE ages 18 and up, and FREE to those who qualify for benefits (like SNAP).
  • If you know someone who is interested in applying, please contact Joe Ciarallo: [email protected]
  • If you are interested in Sponsoring a Student, please contact Malika Kidd: [email protected]
A Summer with LMM: Final Farewell

Emel Terzioglu
LMM says farewell to John Carroll University interns Emel Terzioglu and Charlie Stehlik, who spent the summer working with our Advocacy and Communications teams to build awareness around the U.S. Census and November's election.

Check out this final blog from Emel, who, in addition to working on building Census and voting awareness, conducted a research project with help from LMM's Youth Services program. This research project focused on female youth in the child welfare system and analyzing the potential impacts of increased exposure to trauma.

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